Dodgers Rock the Cubs 4-0, at the Ravine Tonight

The Dodgers started their three-games series against the World Champion Chicago Cubs in a big way, halting their three-game win streak with a 4-0 victory.

It was a game where everything went right. Pitcher Alex Wood extended his string of 25.1 scoreless innings and improved to 6-0. Adrian Gonzales awakened from a batting slump and  homered deep to center for two in the sixth inning, and Chris Hatcher retired the Cubs in the eighth and ninth to seal the win.

Chase Utley sent a pitch to deep center field in the third for his second homer in two nights. Corey Seager was  2 for 3 with two runs and a walk.

Before the game, Dodger Manager Dave Roberts said he thought the Dodgers were a better team than the Cubs, and said that the Dodgers would be victorious. I guess he would know.

The Dodgers face the Cubs again tomorrow at 4:15.

Here’s how we blogged it:

Lefty pitcher Alex Wood will face Cub righty Jake Arrieta tonight at Dodger Stadium as the Dodgers open their Memorial Day weekend home stand. Los Doyers are currently in third place in the National League West. We’ll have the pre-game interview with Dodger Manager Dave Roberts between 4 and 4:30.

Our Live blogging coverage begins at 7:10!

First Pitch: 7:10

Temperature:66 degrees

FIRST INNING

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Ben Zobrist (no relation) sits comfortably at 1-2. Make that 2-2. I am having popcorn. Zobrist swings slowly at a fast ball.

Kris Bryant is quickly at 0-2, after two pitches. 1-2. Strike three, per se.

Anthony Rizzo takes a big swing to take himself to 2-2. 1-2. He strikes out, not in a good way.

Cubs 0, Dodgers coming up.

Bottom

Logan Forsyth is at the intersection of 1 and 1. He turns left to 2-2. Swallows strafe the stadium. He pops out. No swallows are injured.

Corey Seager singles to short center.

Yasmani Grandal is at 3-1, then bangs into one double play.

Dodgers zip, Cubs, zap.

SECOND INNING

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Ian Happ, a person who can always be described as “happ-y,” is at 1-2, just like that.  He strikes out, “happ-ily.”

Wilson Contreras, a man with two last names, is at 1-2, 2-2,  a foul tip into the dugout, then he is all about 3-2. He grounds out neatly to first.

Jason Heyward singles up the middle.

Javier Baez is at 1-1, hits one hard at Corey Seager, who can only knock it down. Heyward moves to second.

Addison Russell is at 2-1 and whatnot. That’s 2-2.

Wilson Contreras, a man with two last names, is at 1-2, 2-2,  a foul tip into the dugout, then he is all about 3-2. He grounds out neatly to first.

Jason Heyward singles up the middle.

Javier Baez is at 1-1, hits one hard at Corey Seager, who can only knock it down. Heyward moves to second.

Addison Russell is at 2-1 and whatnot. That’s 2-2. The count is full. K. The threat has passed. Children can open their eyes once again in this great nation of ours.

Dodgers 0, Cubs 0.

Bottom

Adrian Gonzales (no relation), takes a strike, fouls one off, 1-2 on a wild pitch. He strikes out meekly.

Chris Taylor (who comes on to Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road”), takes a strike his own self, and then a ball, He strikes out. No music played. Dodger walkup music.

Cody Bellinger grounds out to first.

Dodgers 0, Cubs 0.

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Pitcher Jake Arrieta takes 2 strikes. In a row. And then quickly re-visits the dugout.

Zobrist grounds out to first.

Kris Bryant walks to first. It’s the first one of the night. Richard and Debbie Nemecek are pleased.

Anthony Rizzo swings at a bullet. Its 1-2. Bryant takes off for second, and gets shot down.

Dodgers 0, Cubs 0.

Bottom

Chase Utley homers, his second in two nights.

Alex Wood gets to a full count. He is strickened out.

Logan Forsyth files out to right.

Dodgers 1, Cubs 0. 

FOURTH INNING

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Anthony Rizzo has deuces. And then he has 3-2. Woods walks him, and is not amused. At all. So much.

Happ is at 1-2, and then he is at 1-2, …1-2,…2-2, …3-2..He Happ-ily strikes out.

Wilson Contreras opens with 1-0, then 2-1, 2-2,…3-2, …then smacks right into a double play.

Dodgers 1, Cubs 0.

Bottom

Corey Seager sits on a full count, then walks to first, like it ain’t even a thing…

Yasmani Grandal doubles and drives in Corey Seager, racing to the plate to beat the tag.

Gonzales, struggling at the plate, demonstrates by striking out. Again.

Chris Taylor (Yasmani Grandal goes to the dugout for a new belt (!) ) is at 2-1, then grounds out to first.

Bellinger strikes out.

Dodgers 1. Cubs 0. 

FIFTH INNING

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Sshh. Cubs go quietly.

Bottom

Yandal doubles and scores Seager from first.

Bellinger is out at first.

Yasiel Puig strikes out without even looking.

Brett Eibner  is like, out. Way out.

SIXTH INNING

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Pedro Baez now pitching for the Doyers.

Zobrist is 3-0. 3-1. And here were are at 3-2. He earns a walk.

Lots of runners. Lots of throwing. 2 outs. A runner on third. Ian Happ at the plate. 2-2. He flies out. Once again children can laugh.

Bottom

Logan Forsythe strikes out.

Corey Seager singles to center.

Grandal is at 1-2, and strikes out furiously.

Gonzales gets to 2-1, 3-1, then homers deep to center field, scoring Seager.

Chris Taylor flies out to center.

Dodgers 4, Cubs 0. 

SEVENTH INNING

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Cubs go down without a peep.

Dodgers 4, Cubs 0. 

Bottom

Logan Forsythe strikes out.

Corey Seager singles to center.

Grandal is at 1-2, and strikes out furiously.

Gonzales gets to 2-1, 3-1, then homers deep to center field, scoring Seager.

Chris Taylor flies out to center.

Dodgers 4, Cubs 0. 

SEVENTH INNING

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Cubs go down without a peep.

Dodgers 4, Cubs 0. 

Bottom

Bellinger grounds out to first.

Utley gets hit on the foot. He runs to first like it ain’t nothing but a house party…

Puig strikes way out.

Kiké Hernandez takes a strike, then a ball, and Utley takes off for second. He is there in time to make a sandwich and check his email, were he so inclined. Kiké is at 2-2-2. And then tosses his bat and helmet, not in a good way.

Bottom

Bellinger grounds out to first.

Utley gets hit on the foot. He runs to first like it ain’t nothing but a house party…

Puig strikes way out.

Kiké Hernandez takes a strike, then a ball, and Utley takes off for second. He is there in time to make a sandwich and check his email, were he so inclined. Kiké is at 2-2-2. And then tosses his bat and helmet, not in a good way.

Dodgers 4, Cubs 0.

EIGHTH INNING

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Relief pitcher Hatcher is saved by great fielding. Twice. Make that three times.

Dodgers 4, Cubs 0.

Bottom

Forsyth singles.

Utley takes a BIG swing. 1-2. He takes another, and heads for the dugout.

Grandal earns a walk by just standing there…

Gonzales is at 2-2, and then crashes in to a nicely done double play by Chicago.

NINTH INNING

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Bryant actually is at 0-2 from Hatcher. Okay, make that 1-2 with a scary inside pitch. Bryant flies out to Puig.

Rizzo flies out to Utley.

Happ is 0-2. Hatcher retires the side. Our condolences to Richard and Debbie Nemecek.

Dodgers 4, Cubs 0  – FINAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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